SAPPHIRE and some other stuff . . .

Sapph.72ct303.68The end of September is quickly approaching. EGADS time flies! The birthstone for September is SAPPHIRE. Did you know that Sapphire has been identified in about 450 color variations? Experts in the field of gemology have identified color variants and placed different value on them. For example, “cornflower blue” sapphire . . . which is a softer, brighter, blue is valued higher per carat than the very dark, almost “black” sapphire that many of us are used to seeing. The above pictured sapphire (I nabbed from Gem Select) is .72 carats and sells for right around $400 per carat. Various shades of pink sapphire are valued differently depending on the in intensity of the color . . . pale pink is valued from $50 – $75 per carat, whereas very saturated hot pink runs in the neighborhood of $150+ per carat :). Sapph.92ct136.40 The pictured pink sapphires weigh .92 carat in total, AND they are smallish and palish. They are selling for roughly $148 per carat.  Also included in pricing is the cut, shape and size. Smaller sapphires might go for less per carat, no mater how pretty they are. Check out this link so see more of what I am talking about.. http://www.gemselect.com/search/search.php?search=sapphire

Sapphire is also a 9 on the Mohs harness scale. Which means it is pretty hard. Sapphire grit is often used to polish diamonds. It freaks people out when I say this, and sapphire is more durable than a diamond – there is no natural cleavage :)

Metaphysically, Sapphire is associated with prosperity, life force and energetically attracts joy and peace.  Sapphire also assists in opening the mind to beauty and intuition.  Sapphire is a stone of wisdom, with each color containing its own unique energy vibration and information.

I have often added Sapphire with the Rune “Thurisaz”.  There are differing ideas on what this Rune means. My interpretation has been and remains that a trixster is at work in my energy field and it’s a good idea to use my energy towards the positive. I recently saw a post on Facebook  . . . a lovely photo with the caption: “The temptation to quit will be greatest, just before you are about to succeed.”  These are the moments when I thrown on my Thurisaz Rune with it’s lovely, lab grown, blue sapphire :)  I also add Sapphire to the “Wisdom” chop.

Is Sapphire your birthstone? Do you just like it? What is your favorite color? How do you wear it?

Sign-up for my newsletter and learn more! Cruise the site – learn more! Order a fine silver adornment . . . you know you want to! Read on below the rocks, for the “other stuff”.

Much Love and Light!

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OK. . . the other stuff . . . kinda a rant, so if your not into that, stop reading now.

Last week I did not make a blog post. I started to and then I think I thought better of it, because I was really frustrated.

I pound the proverbial drum, a lot, about making a living as an artist, dropping the starving artist syndrome, and the value of an artists work.

I had an experience in the store that is pretty familiar to me. A woman picked up a pendant, looked at the price and decided that it was too expensive and criticized the pricing based on the size of the piece and the weight of the chain.

So now that I have had another week to calm down, I will say this much to everyone out there who is considering a handmade piece of adornment – weather it is clothing, a piece for your home/office, or jewelry: The work you encounter when in a handmade market environment – is HANDMADE. That means that an artist, sat down and considered materials on hand and a design and in general, gave up time on something else to carefully craft that object. Most artists use quality material and these objects take time, consideration and love of the craft, whatever it is. Most artists have spent hours honing their craft and maintain buckets of “fails” in the corner of a room somewhere. Most artists of the handmade sort, don’t charge enough for their time and quality materials – they get scared of criticism in pricing and often only charge for the materials. Most artists have training in their craft, either through self-taught methods or more formal classes – an investment of time and energy and often money, that ought to be included in how they price their work, just like in any other profession – and often is not. I will also say, that these ideals I have, include those that teach their craft – I personally experience complaint over what I charge for a class and materials fees.

So the next time you pick up a handmade item, consider all that went into it. You are not in a Target/Walmart or other big box store . . . in which often you will find “handmade” goods that are created by laborers who get paid very little and don’t much care what they make and the materials are usually cheap.

Handmade works have value and resonance. They bring a good feeling to your soul, they represent how you want to be in the world . . . don’t let that representation be “cheap” and uncaring. Treat yourself well and buy handmade from an artisan. Treat the artists you know well, and support them by buying from them and recognizing the value of their time and intention.

Artists!  You know what I will say, however, I’m gonna say it again. VALUE the work you do, the talent you have, the gifts you bring to the world and charge for your work accordingly.  When people pay more for quality work, they treat it better, they are treating themselves better and YOU are contributing to the planet in a very big way.  I love you fellow Artisans.

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Runes and Chops • Chops and Runes • Oh My Intention

Runes

"Sowelo"

“Sowelo”

The Runes are a form of alphabet developed in Northern Europe, essentially they represent the Old Norse language used by the Scandinavian peoples up to about 700AD. The precise origins of the Runes is unclear and the subject of debate, however it is thought that the evolution of the German Rune alphabet was complete by 200AD. The word itself is thought to translate as ‘secret whisper’, another possible translation is from the German ‘raunen’ meaning ‘to carve’.

There are 24 Runic symbols in the Elder Futhark tradition. The Runes are were often connected with the Viking gods and mythology.

Symbolically, each Rune has a meaning, for example Fehu, the first Rune in the Futhark, is literally (and loosely) associated with cattle and wealth. In modern times, it has become a symbol of abundance and possibility in all areas of one’s life.

Beyond the ancient alphabet and written language the Runes provided, they were also used as talisman’s and divination in Pagan communities.

I love them as intention pieces. Each of the 24, has it’s own meaning, and serve as a focus.

I don’t use Runes (or other methods) for divination. It is my belief that tools such as Runes and Tarot cards are “translators” of our most inner energies – a glimpse into the subconscious if you will.

 Chops

"Love"

“Love”

Historically the “Chop” was and still is, a seal. Seal carving is an ancient art. Seals have become an indispensable item for signing important documents – the owners “signature” or family “crest” was carved in stone or wood. Over time, some seals are still created for their practical functions, and some seals are created purely as works of art.

The works of art are generally, single character symbols representing a state of being, eg: Harmony; Dream; Love; Good Fortune.

You can guess why I love these right?!?! Like the Runes, a single carved Chop “character” piece represents and draws to the bearer/wearer that state of being or intention.

I strongly believe in the value of living a life of intention. What many of us do not consider is that we already do . . . negatively. When we are angry/hurt/afraid and we strike out in some way, we are having a response and we intend to do some sort of “harm”, with our actions. However, when something good happens, we don’t consider that we may have intended that! We often think its “fate” or “good luck”, falling into a default Karmic mode, believing we ‘must’ve done something right for this good thing to happen’.

I suggest that to live a life in freedom from worry and relishing responsibility – understand this one idea and it all makes sense – where your attention goes, energy flows.

Own it! Something great happened, because you intended it. There are no accidents on either side of the scale. :)

So, are you looking for a quality, fine silver adornment – to create community, express yourself . . . stay focused on your path? The Rune and Chop adornments I make are hand-carved into fine silver, with you in mind, as is any custom piece I make. You are part of the process and we can work online to create the spectacular adornment that will suit your needs.

Poke around the site and touch base with me, I’d love to work with you. Live magykally . . . live intentionally.

Much Love and Light

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Myths and Paths

CrazyBunnyWhen I was a child, I grew up with two parents . . .one identified as a practicing Methodist….the other a practicing Catholic. I also witnessed a great deal of dysfunction. To say that there was a great deal of mixed messages and religious confusion, would be an understatement.

Like many other children of my era, I was also taught to believe in The Tooth Fairy; The Sand Man; The Boogie Man; Santa Clause, and The Easter Bunny, – along with the Golly Green Giant and the belief that cheese was spelled K-R-A-F-T.

As I got older, each of the mythical beings were poofed away, and it would be increasingly more difficult for me to have a belief in a “God” or a “Jesus”.

In my own life experiences, as an adult, there was a great deal of judgment and shaming of behaviors and a million unanswered “prayers”, that left me with a belief that I was not worthy of good things/right things/a happy life – clearly I had so many sins in the “con” column – I was simply doomed.

Well . . . that was all a downer right? And surely you are sayin’ – “what is the point of this over-sharing Delia?”

Here is the point: I’ve done a great deal of growing and learning since I was a child and since I was 23 y.o., and became aware of all that “stuff”.

Today, without a lot more story, I believe in the divinity within us all. I believe, that each person walks a path in life, that is right for them. It is never my job to judge a persons path, it is instead my job to discern weather I want to walk along side them.

MOSTLY, I believe that a path that includes Intention, provides me with a trajectory to follow. Intention allows me self-responsibility and choice. I create the life I want and if I create something I later discover I don’t want, I have the option to dis-create it. Yup, dis-create is my made-up word . . . and I like it.

There will always be events for which I have no control . . . like an earthquake, AND I can still have responsibility for how I move forward. That’s what responsibility means . . . the ability to respond. I learned that from my business coach and it opened up a whole new area of my heart. :)

If my house were to be destroyed, I could stand and cry, or I could find my pets, dig through the rubble for what is important to me and find a place to rest my head. If an earthquake happens and my house is intact, I can remain un-dramatic about the event and be of more help to others who were affected.

Intention will create a journey of self-discovery and a deeper understanding of the world around you.

I have a dream . . . it’s really HUGE. I dream that one day, when everyone is living a life of intention and feels centered and happy with their choices, there will be world peace . . . finally!

I live my dream by first providing clients with an adornment that resonates their intention and anchors them to their intention and assists them in living that intention.

Additionally, I provide an opportunity for people to learn an art form that creates healing, centering, discovery and the possibility of a new adventure.

How can I support you today? What assistance may I provide for your trajectory? Are you feeling challenged in some way and desire an adornment that will help you to refocus daily?

Are you searching for an outlet for the ideas in your head? Does your soul yearn to bring more beauty to the world?

Poke around my site to learn more about me. Join my mailing list and get my free e-book, “Abraca . . . Get Real” – look to your right for the box to sign-up. Contact me, and tell me about your path. Post it here . . .?

Much love and light,

Delia

PS. I do believe in magyk . . . Intention + action = super cool result. And I do believe in the energy and spirit of Santa and Fairies :)

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Why I Won’t Make The “Energy” chop Again . . .

IMG_4895I recently had the opportunity to watch a snippet of video from a conference in Costa Rica – “Awesomefest 2010”. Wish’d I’d known about it. http://bit.ly/1pFhD4K

The section I saw was a presentation by Christie Marie Sheldon, Love or Above. She is an Energy Healer. She was talking about “energy blocks”.

In summary, she speaks to the idea that our “points of view create our reality”. I happen to support this idea. And I bet, if you really think about it, you would too.

Every thought and action carries with it an energy. It can have a negative effect or a positive effect . . . an outcome we appreciate or an outcome we were not really expecting. That’s why I believe that we want to be conscious of what we speak, as well as what we do. Generally what we speak is what we mean and best to make it positive. I’m sure you’ve heard people say things like, ‘careful what you pray for’ ? Our spoken words are like a prayer…a spell…a stated intention.

I found this definition, which I thought was kinda fitting.

Energy – in physics, this is an indirectly observed quantity often understood as the ability of a physical system to do work on other physical systems.[1][2] Since work is defined as a force acting through a distance (a length of space), energy is always equivalent to the ability to exert pulls or pushes against the basic forces of nature, along a path of a certain length.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_energy

I know there are a lot of words there. Here’s how it fits, perhaps, metaphysically or spiritually speaking.

Dr. Masaru Emoto, is a graduate of the Yokohama Municipal University’s department of humanities and sciences, with a focus on International Relations.

In 1992, he received certification in Alternative Medicine and was introduced to the concept of micro cluster water in the US and Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology. He then began to research and discover the “mystery” of water.

The research was performed on frozen water and then slices were put under a microscope. Below is a very brief summary of his work from his website:

“The result was that we always observed beautiful crystals after giving good words, playing good music, and showing, playing, or offering pure prayer to water. On the other hand, we observed disfigured crystals in the opposite situation. Moreover, we never observed identical crystals.” http://bit.ly/1pfwnZ8

DrEmotoI can’t take credit for this find, it came from the Sheldon video. I was inspired to look up Dr. Emoto and his research. My initial thought was how, growing up, we learned that talking to plants made a difference in how they grew. As I got older, I never looked it up and had believed it to be a myth. Now I’m not so sure. I believe Dr. Emoto’s research demonstrates that various types of energy in motion have effect.

YO! Delia! The chop? What about the “Energy” chop.

OH! Yeah! Here’s why I won’t make it again. It’s too broad and has the potential to be charged negatively, by the unconscious wearer. I think it is best to encourage the Lover of Lovelies to adorn with a more specific intention, like “Love”, or “Courage”.  Just that simple.

I believe that adornment needs to always draw beautifully and “speak” beautifully.  While beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder, we know that hate in any form is never beautiful – even to the beholder.

In the video, Sheldon also goes further to explain, in her view, how one person can make a difference in the world energetically – really – backed by facts. I was impressed, supportive and inspired to do more research. Look up the “Maharishi Effect”. If you are older and have forgotten, you’ll find it interesting. If you are younger and never heard of it, you’ll find it stunning.

I’ve been working on my own thinking related to possibility vs. what I hallucinate cannot occur. It’s been an interesting journey. Pondering the words I use and the way I think and where it comes from and how long I’ve been thinking particular ways, about particular things.

Have something to share about energy and people and thoughts and intention and people and adornment? Make a comment below, or submit a guest post.  I promise you’ll get all the credit! Do it!  Right now!

Much Love and light

Delia

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Inside and Out – Make-up Adornment

HUZZAH!  Lovers of Lovelies.

In the spirit of Adornment with Meaning, I offer up a couple of video links.  The first was shared with me by my friend, Lindsay and the other I found, just poking around (oh those interweb rabbit holes). Also *warning, strong language* – if “F” words might be offensive to you, please don’t watch – honest.  It’s not my intent to offend anyone, and I can see how a few curse words fit in to the presentations.

I give no further introduction :)

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I love them both so much! Presented in both, IMHO, is the idea of how we women present ourselves in public and what do our choices mean or say about us – in a tongue and cheek sort of way and satyrical.  Then there is the idea that, our presentation says nothing about us really and why should we care?

minionshirtAs I have gotten older and have no longer felt compelled to wear make-up or dress a certain way, I have carried that latter idea around like a badge of honor.

In recent years, as a business owner and teacher, no longer in my house or studio 24/7, I’ve come to realize that this may not be my wisest choice any more.  If I showed up in a classroom in sweats and a “Property of Vegas” shirt, I understand it might be difficult to take me seriously.  Purple hair and a Minion shirt are a stretch.

I talk about this in my “Abraca . . . Get Real” eBook – in the section on Adornment. I had come to realize that the way in which I was dressing, was a reflection of how I was feeling on the inside.  Weather it was protest at social convention or depression – how I was dressing had an impact on my energy and how I presented myself to the world.

I do wear a lot of leggings, instead of sweat pants and they are usually the hand painted ones created by my friend Morgan or hand dyed, by my friend Nick.  The t-shirts I wear are either art-shirts from Moira, Jorge or Peggy. There is the occasional Minion shirt as I mentioned and my other fav is “I’m Here, Now what Are Your Other Three Wishes” . . . and of course there is the purple hair. My jewelry – hand made by either myself or my  friend and work-wife Suzanne.

Why?  Because I like them and they represent my personality. What does it say to people? The things I adorn myself with, tell you that I make an effort not to take life too seriously and that I have a sense of whimsy. It also indicates that I have little interest in the name GUCCI on my things – or any other designer. Some of those adornments are really pretty, but I am not about representing them, I’m about representing me.

Adornment is also a community creator. People feel a certain way around me and are more at ease having conversation.  Most often a good Minion shirt is a great conversation starter and I frequently have conversations around “Is that purple in your hair?  Cool” and risk taking :)

Adornment attracts the people I want to play with.

So what are you wearing today? Khakis and a red shirt… bwahahahahaha

OH! If you want a copy of my “Abraca…Get Real” eBook, just sign up for my newsletter – look to your right.  There are a couple of hoops to jump through, and I think you might enjoy it.  If you are already receiving my newsletter, drop me a line and I’ll see to it that you get a copy.

My newsletter is sent (usually) weekly :).  I share a link to this blog, upcoming teaching dates; news of Crafted where I sell my work; work in progress/coming into the store, and sometimes a good joke – most often a bad one :)

Much Love and Light!

Delia

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Discussions on Adornment

Here are some excerpts from Facebook postings . . . on the topic of  . . . what else . . . adornment:

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“I’d love to have a discussion . . . wanna play? Post a response to this question here. What does adornment (of any kind: clothes; hair; make-up/no make-up; tattoos; jewelry; cars; house; furniture . . .) mean for you? Ready . . . set . . . GO!”

Jen: “It use to mean personal identity to the observer but with age it’s come to be a physical reminder to myself of that inner identity.

Susan: “I hear or see “adornment” and think jewelry or other accessories … for a person or perhaps a space, but mostly the former”

Marci: “To accessorize- and to accessorize is to express myself! I go through phases- sometimes I get attached to something and wear it out, literally. But, I’m always trying to change it up. My adornments change as I evolve.”

Pete: “For me adornment is an extension of who I am putting myself out to the world as. I take the time to dress in the style and color of who I want to be when I get to where I am going and that is who I am”

Kelly: “I’m serious when I say my shoes speak about me. I love high heels especially RED. they remind me of feeling feminine and FIERCE”

Suzanne: “Expression of an inner feeling. . . . Adornment helps me communicate my mood, esteem, and personal presence.

Samuel: “The pieces I wear are specifically – and exhaustively – chosen and/or designed to manifest intent and focus the universe’s energies. I most often use Tanzanite, Amazonite and various tourmalines. The design and structure of the settings for them are particularly important in maximizing those energetic properties. Loose stones can be used in direct contact or elixirs. OTOH, my practical, grounded criminal defense attorney wife would just say that they’re pretty.”

HMichelle: “For 20 years of my life I dressed out of necessity. I couldn’t find clothing in my size that expressed who I was. When I turned 40 I found out about art-to-wear and handmade jewelry. So now I dress to empower myself, express myself and just have fun.”

Beverly: “My Daddy told me I don’t need diamonds or thing to adornment me that I’m a natural jewel lol”
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Posted 7/19  “I wear a touchstone/talisman, everyday. It isn’t always my intention vessel or another piece of jewelry. Truth be known, I rarely wear my own work…..because it is meant for you – whoever you are, when we find each other. . And I always wear some sort of adornment that anchors me to my intentions. Today’s piece is a bandana I bought from a woman I met on the corner. She was selling them for $3. I bought three and shoved $20 in her hand….she protested. I tried to convince her to up her game and buy some beads and see them on the bandanas, telling her, she’d be able to sell them for more. I raced home and grabbed a box of gear I had and raced back – but she was gone. I felt altered….. grateful… warmed and also aware of where I could end up, if I abandoned my path. I always seem to have a suggestion for folk to up their game…. expand…. be more than we think we are, because when we withhold our light, the world is darker. Today I wear my purple bandana to remind me to expand…not dim my light….to always share who I am. To remind myself that the work I do is valuable ….it’s part of the circle. If I were not doing what I do, I would not have been at the bank that day and I would not have gotten my scarf, that altered my life that day. I wish for the opportunity to run into her again and tell her of her impact – and also give her the box of beads I’m carrying in the car. She is part of the circle…..we are all part of this huge amorphous circle, interconnected….capable of world peace and peace in our homes. I have two questions for you today: what adornment to you wear today as your reminder and in what way will you shine….? Love y’all….really”
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Susanna “Wearing an old silver Madonna today, bought in a scratty flea market in Valencia on a trip with my Mom and my son just after she’d been diagnosed with cancer and wanted one last family holiday. That was 8 years ago and she is cancer free. Still love being a daughter and a mother and letting that love light shine. Feeling yours too, Delia”

Denise “I have always thought of my jewelry in this way, mostly including gemstones. I have rarely heard anyone else speak of this. Just liked your page. Thanks…”
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Much Love and light Lovers of Lovelies -Delia

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